Network of Experts

In an effort to facilitate open, inclusive, and dynamic discussions, we have endeavored to establish a network of experts, who are actively involved in work concerning children’s rights. We hope that you will feel free to reach-out to the network and will engage in fruitful, substantive discussions.
Jennifer Allsopp
Department of Social Policy and Intervention/ Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford |
Jennifer Allsopp is an ESRC funded DPhil Candidate. Her research explores the experiences of young migrants and refugees subject to immigration control in Europe, specifically, how social networks shape their decision making and mobility biographies. She has previously worked with refugee and migrant organisations and on research on asylum, poverty and youth at the universities of Exeter, Birmingham and Oxford. She is a commissioning editor at openDemocracy 50.50.
Lena Bahou
University of Edinburgh |
Lena Bahou is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Inclusive Pedagogy at the University of Edinburgh. Teaching in a postwar conflict-affected society like Lebanon motivated my interest in exploring how pedagogical practices can foster or hinder the learning and agency of all young people, and prepare them for a life of active engagement in a democratic, just and inclusive society. My doctoral research examined how student (dis)engagement with learning was construed and enacted by teachers and students in Lebanese public schools. Using Nancy Fraser’s social justice lens, I explored the interplay of factors within schooling processes, the educational system and the broader context of Lebanon’s history, diversity and conflict that were shaping such constructions and enactments of engagement.
Carrie van der Kroon
Carrie van der Kroon specialized in international children’s rights and legal anthropology. She obtained her Masters in Legal Research (cum laude) at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her thesis on indigenous children who migrate from Panama to Costa Rica to harvest coffee was awarded with the Dutch-Flemish VSR thesis prize (2015) and a book is to be published shortly.
Carrie works as a project coordinator, researcher, trainer & facilitator. She has experience with a wide variety of NGO’s and (international) organizations including in Latin America, Africa, the Balkans, Oceania and the Netherlands. Carrie previously worked with UNICEF in Skopje and the Netherlands, Defence for Children International and the Dutch National Youth Council. For the United World Colleges, Carrie trains youngsters in vocational training on personal development. She also volunteered as a trainer on skills for meaningful youth participation in Dutch juvenile justice institutions. Carrie enjoys having grown up conversations with children about their lives, experiences and thoughts on their rights.
Maria de Jong-de Kruijf
Lecturer and PhD-candidate (finalizing in April 2016) |
Maria de Jong – de Kruijf (1985) is a lecturer and a PhD candidate at the Child Law department of the Leiden University Law school. Her research focuses on the justification of placement of children in secure residential care in the Netherland in light of international human right and children’s rights. She also published on a wide variety of themes in the children’s rights field.
Iman Moustafa
Freie Universität Berlin |
Iman holds MA degree in Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights. She is a researcher and a child’s rights advocate with eight years experience in the nonprofit sector. Iman is passionate about community development and is devoted to improving the livelihood of vulnerable children including working children, gifted children living in unprivileged areas, and street children. Over the past eight years, Iman worked on issues ranging from children’s participation, volunteering, projects management, fundraising, capacity building, proposal and reports writing, designing and implementing advocacy campaigns, quality childcare standards in residential institutions, and child protection case management system.
Ellen Nissen
Radbound University Nijmegen |
Ellen Nissen is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Migration Law and the Institute for Sociology of law of the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). Her research focuses on the way in which national judges take the rights and interests of children into account in immigration cases. She studied International & European law at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During her studies she interned at the immigration department of the Netherlands section of Defence for Children International and at the Dutch Embassy in Ireland. Before embarking on a PhD she worked on family reunification projects at the Centre for Migration Law and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights.
Leila Younes  
MACR – Masters of Arts in Chilhood Studies and Children Rights |
Leila Younes is a graduate of the master’s program ‘Childhood Studies and Children Rights’ at the Free University in Berlin. Her research focusses on the rights of refugee and stateless children in Lebanon. She is particularly interested in how children perceive themselves and perceive other groups in a political and social context. In her previous projects, she has researched the perceptions and representation between Lebanese and Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, the perspectives and needs of the stateless Bedouin children in Lebanon, and the views of working-children on the policies around child work abolition.
Shannon Philip
Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Shannon Philip is an ESRC funded D.Phil Candidate in International Development. His research expertise focuses on gender, youth and development with a particular regional focus on children and adolescents in South Asia. He is currently completing his project on the macro and micro level changes in the lives of young people in urban Indian cities where he carried out long term ethnographic fieldwork. Shannon’s research makes contributions to social development and social protection discussions, and has programmatic impact on gender and development projects on children and youth.
Caitlin Procter
Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Caitlin Procter is a Doctoral Candidate at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford and currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University. She has conducted extensive qualitative research among young Palestinian refugees, examining the impact of protracted displacement on youth transitions to adulthood, and the implications of long-term refugee status on citizenship aspirations. She is the founder and coordinator of the Palestine Junior Research Network, and co-founder of the blog project The New Ethnographer. Caitlin has worked as a consultant for NGOs and UN agencies in the occupied Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Kenya. Prior to her doctorate, Caitlin worked in the Policy Development and Evaluation Service of UNHCR.
Nika Sabasteanski
Nika Sabasteanski is a graduate (’17) of Barnard College of Columbia University where she received a B.A. in Biology after transferring there from the Johns Hopkins University. Nika also spent her sophomore year at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford reading Biochemistry as part of a pre-medical honors program through JHU. At Oxford, she began working with Stacy Topouzova at Oxford Aid to the Balkans and has worked in Bulgaria (Pazardjik and Sofia) with Syrian refugee children in both a teaching and research capacity. Her research there focused on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children. Since graduating, Nika has worked for as a consultant for a healthcare software company called Phreesia, which specializes in patient intake software, integrating with existing electronic medical record systems as well as targeting clinical screeners to particular subsets of hospitals’ patient populations. Her work there has spanned large multi-specialty hospitals to more rural clinics with challenging populations in terms of internet access and literacy. Nika will be attending the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in September pursuing a Masters in Public Health.
Franziska Fay
Cluster of Excellence ‘Normative Orders’/Frankfurt Research Centre on Global Islam (FFGI), Frankfurt University, Germany –
Franziska Fay is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in November 2017. Prior to that, she studied Anthropological Research Methods, African Linguistics (Swahili), Educational Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at SOAS, Goethe University Frankfurt and the State University of Zanzibar. For her PhD she conducted eighteen months of qualitative field research on child protection and corporal punishment in Qur’anic and primary schools in Zanzibar. Her research participants included children and young people, international child protection organisations (Save the Children, UNICEF), religious leaders and government officials in Stone Town. For her postdoctoral research she currently focuses on reform movements in the Islamic education sector in Zanzibar and Oman. Her research interests include child protection/children’s rights, Islamic education and reform, political Islam in East Africa, discipline and punishment, gender-based violence, secularization, and aid.

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